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The Longest Day Uniting Globally to Illuminate the Fight Against Alzheimer’s


The 2024 Alzheimer’s Association Facts & Figures report provides an in-depth look at the latest national and state-level statistics on Alzheimer’s disease prevalence, mortality, caregiving, dementia care workforce and costs of care. The new report estimates that 6.9 million people age 65 and older in the U.S. are living with Alzheimer’s dementia, including 250,600 in Illinois.


As the sun reaches its zenith on June 20th, individuals worldwide will unite for a cause that touches millions of lives – The Longest Day. The Alzheimer’s Association, harnesses the power of the summer solstice, the day with the most light, to combat the darkness of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Participants engage in fundraising activities of their choosing, from sports tournaments to card games, parties, baking, and more, all in support of advancing Alzheimer’s care, support, and research efforts.


This year’s Longest Day holds a special significance as groundbreaking treatments have emerged, offering hope in altering the course of Alzheimer’s. However, the journey is far from over. The Alzheimer’s Association remains steadfast in its commitment to ensuring that every individual affected by the disease, regardless of stage, receives the treatment, care, and support they deserve.


At its core, The Longest Day is not solely about fundraising; it’s a testament to love and solidarity. It’s a day dedicated to honoring the courage and fortitude of those living with Alzheimer’s and their devoted caregivers, whose unwavering support illuminates even the darkest of days.


Participating in The Longest Day is an opportunity to personalize the fight against Alzheimer’s. Whether organizing a small gathering among friends or orchestrating a large-scale community event, every contribution propels the quest for a cure and enhances the quality of life for those impacted by Alzheimer’s.


For those seeking inspiration, the Alzheimer’s Association provides a wealth of resources and ideas. From virtual dance parties to outdoor fitness challenges and art sales, the options for engagement are limitless. The key lies in selecting an activity that resonates with participants and reflects their compassion and commitment to the cause.


Amidst the ongoing challenges posed by Alzheimer’s disease, The Longest Day stands as a beacon of hope and resilience. It underscores the profound impact that can be achieved when individuals join forces in pursuit of a common goal. This June 21st, let us unite in love and determination as we illuminate the path toward a future free from the shadows of Alzheimer’s disease. Together, we can make a difference that reverberates across the globe, bringing solace and support to those affected by this devastating illness. Get started with your fundraising today. For more information or to register visit: www.alzheimers-illinois.org/longestday/

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